[Review] Dark Rising

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Title: Dark Rising

Series: The Archangel Prophecies #2

Author: Monica McGurk

Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal, Fantasy

Published: June 30, 2015

Source: Copy provided by NetGalley

Quicklinks: Amazon | Goodreads

Can One Person Upend a Prophecy as Old as Time?

Hope Carmichael is on the run. The only question is, from whom?

The mark on her neck has branded her as part of an ancient prophecy, the Bearer of the Key. But the Fallen Angels have misunderstood and think Hope is their long-awaited way to regain Heaven by force. Now Hope is chasing down the artifact that could open Heaven’s Gates, while seeking to destroy it before the Fallen catch up with her. Will the Triad crime ring track Hope and exact their punishment before she gets the chance? Is the ragtag band of angels surrounding her now there to protect her, or imprison her? And will Michael, the Archangel sworn to defend Heaven at all costs, be forced to deny his love for Hope and take her life, instead, so that the artifact won’t fall into enemy hands?

The epic narrative introduced in Dark Hope continues in Dark Rising as Hope crisscrosses some of the most ancient sites in Europe and plumbs the depths of history in search of the truth about the Key, herself, and love. Exploring themes of identity, fate, jealousy, trust, and forgiveness, Dark Rising’s mythological scope and moral urgency deepen as we come to understand the choices and consequences faced by a young woman determined to follow her heart and chart her own destiny.
Dark Rising is the second book of the Archangel Prophecies series, and definitely not a let down as most sequels tend to be. Though slow and hard to push through at first, it gives way to an incredible climax with twists and turns you don't see coming.

I have to say this since I didn't really cover it in my review for Dark Hope, but I really love the Guardian Angel aspect with Henri. It's definitely a good concept for that little voice in your head that whispers warnings and such. I also have to say that I love Enoch and his awesomeness.

Anyway, Dark Rising, though not that engaging at first, knows how to keep you reading when things start to heat up in the moment.

As a sequel, there's not much else to tell. Most of the book is searching for mild action, making it seem too lengthy and boring. With that said, you might ask, is it worth pushing through? Yes. As much as I wanted to take a break from making myself continue reading, I was rewarded with the amazing and unpredictable twist and the emotional outcome of Michael and Hope.

My thoughts? Emotional, unpredictable, and a satisfying continuation... despite the obstacle. I do hope there's more!

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